Stories by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

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Posted on: Jan 17, 2006, Source: AlterNet

A controversial plan to deter prostitution in an urban neighborhood never quite measured up to its hype.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Murtha's success in speaking out presumes that only someone who has fought in a war can speak out against war.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2005, Source: AlterNet

His special election may have been a bad idea, but what really did Schwarzenegger in was time; both too much of it, and too little.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2005, Source: Berkeley Daily Planet

The civil rights icon resisted her own deification and tried to tell the truth about what really happened in the months leading up to 1955's Montgomery bus boycott.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2005, Source: Berkeley Daily Planet

Both 'racist' and 'racism' are terribly flawed terms; we ought to simply throw them out and start all over again with new ones.

Posted on: May 15, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Some school districts are challenging the federal guidelines for No Child Left Behind's military recruitment provision, facing withdrawal of funding over privacy infringement.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Watching 'Ray,' white America sees a biopic of a legendary performer. Black America sees a film that speaks intimately to a cultural zeitgeist. What does it mean for 'Ray' to succeed – or fail – in the Oscar race?

Posted on: Jan 24, 2005, Source: Berkeley Daily Planet

Berkeley's medical marijuana initiative lost by the slimmest of margins in November; supporters say the recount uncovered hundreds of uncounted votes.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2004, Source: AlterNet

In the full court press to place blame for the Pacers-Pistons brawl, Ron Artest is sacrificed. But who, really, is at fault?

Posted on: Oct 31, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The political actions of Protestant black and evangelical pastors and those of Catholic bishops are not the same.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2004, Source: Berkeley Daily Planet

If we're having no trouble bringing enough needed new troops into the military, why is the Pentagon forcing soldiers to stay past their contracted terms, leaving us with a battlefield potentially sprinkled with demoralized and disgruntled fighters?

Posted on: Aug 20, 2004, Source: Berkeley Daily Planet

Senator Kerry and his advisors have so far flubbed the explanation of his two key Iraqi war votes in a way that has put them on the defensive when they need not be.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Arnold Schwarzenegger – who campaigned as a movie action figure hero who would protect California taxpayers against corruption and greed – is conspicuously silent on the Enron scandals.

Posted on: May 10, 2004, Source: Berkeley Daily Planet

If, as Bush says, the Abu Ghraib torture 'does not represent the America that I know,' then he should look a little closer at his America.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The beating death of Nathaniel Jones has widened the rift between police and the African-American community. Yet it could also be the beginning of a solution to some enormous national problems.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2003, Source: Berkeley Daily Planet

Did California's governor-elect assault 15 women, and if he did, do we think that's okay?